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Thrifty, Sparkly Halloween Ghost Painting

Americana® Acrylics

Thrifty, Sparkly Halloween Ghost Painting
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Thrifty, Sparkly Halloween Ghost Painting

designed by PLA Schneider

This Halloween décor, made with Americana® Acrylics and an old painting, is guaranteed not to break the bank.

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Americana® Acrylics

  • Canyon Orange (DA238)
  • Lamp (Ebony) Black (DAO67)
  • Moody Blue (DA389)
  • Snow (Titanium) White (DAO1)

DecoArt® Extreme Sheen™

  • 24K Gold (DPM04)

DecoArt® Holographic Illusions™

  • Crystal Ball (DHG01)

Other supplies

  • transfer paper
  • painter's tape
  • small round brush
  • clean cloth (damp)
  • pen or pencil
  • small flat brush
  • medium flat brush
  • painting (old painting found at a thrift store or in your attic)


NOTE: Transferring the patterns: Print out patterns at a size that suits the painting. Place the images where they make sense and transfer with transfer paper and a pen or pencil.

  1. Wipe the painting clean with a damp cloth. Let dry and transfer the provided patterns where appropriate. (See note.)
    Step 0 Example
  2. Mix (6) parts Moody Blue with (1) part Lamp Black and add water to make it semi-transparent. Use a medium flat brush to paint the sky with this mix, allowing parts of the original sky to show through. Use a small round brush to paint little stars and a moon in Snow White.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Use a small round brush to paint the pumpkins in Canyon Orange and then, while the paint is still wet, add a few highlights in Snow White. Mix (4) parts Canyon Orange with (1) part Lamp Black. Use this mix to paint the pumpkin stems with a small round brush.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Use a small round brush to outline the ghosts in Snow White. Mix Snow White with water 1:1. Use a small round brush to fill in the ghosts with this mix, giving the ghosts a slightly transparent effect.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Use a small flat brush to apply Crystal Ball to the ghosts. (This will give them a nice shimmery effect.)
    Step 4 Example
  6. Mask off the frame with painter's tape. Use a medium brush to paint the frame in 24K Gold. Let dry and repeat.
    Step 5 Example
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